With a Darrelle Revis departure on the way, the Bucs jumped on the top available free agent cornerback on the market.
According to multiple sources, the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a 4-year deal with CB Alterraun Verner formerly of the Tennessee Titans. The deal is worth $26.5 million over four years with $14 million guaranteed.
Verner, 25, was a 4th round pick in 2010, but quickly made his mark with the Titans. He ended up starting 12 games as a rookie, but became a full time starter in 2012. He has not missed a game due to injury in the past two seasons.
Verner’s 5 interceptions in 2013 helped him to his first Pro Bowl selection and also earned him 2nd team All Pro honors.
Verner will likely be paired with free agent Charles Tillman, who is in Tampa on a visit, and Johnthan Banks in the Buccaneers secondary.
Verner is an excellent fit in Lovie Smith’s defense due to his outstanding instincts and ability to plan man and zone coverage.
The Buccaneers have not spoken about Darrelle Revis, but their actions have spoken louder than any word could. Revis will no longer be a Buccaneer by 4:00 on Wednesday.
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